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"eyewitness news." good afternoon, i'm allen martin. will california have to release 40,000 inmates from state prisons? that is the question before the u.s. supreme court today. march sayier on those who say that plan would simply put the public at risk. >> reporter: a panel of federal judges ordered california to release about 40,000 inmates, they found over crowding was the primary reason for poor medical and mental health care in the prison system and that violated inmates rights. now they are arguing before the high court the lower court judges overstepped their authority. >> it's the most significant prisoner's rights case to come down for many many jeers. >> reporter: professor ball teaches a class in the california prison system. he says there are important issues at stake in this case. >> that's what it comes down to. can the federal judiciary order the state to pay certain things
or comply with this or is it up to them to say "you site lated the eighth amendment, now you have to figure out a way to be in compliance with that." >> reporter: it gave them two years to reduce the populations. governor schwarzenegger says it does not take into account safety concerns, residents say they can see it both ways. >> i don't think the government has any business telling anybody what to do when they can't even take care of what they have to do. >> it doesn't mean that we always approve of what they do. it's that, it's the order of which this country was setup with. >> reporter: 18 other states have joined with california asking the u.s. supreme court to keep lower federal courts out of decisions on prisons, a ruling is expected sometime next year. in santa clara, i'm mark sayier, cbs5. a santa cruz prisoner is back behind bars this afternoon after making his escape during a hospital visit yesterday. 24-year-old maurice ainsworth
gio away from a female deputy during his mri yesterday. now as she tried to put the shackles on the 6-foot 7 man he punched her in the face, bit her, then used her own taser on her and took her handgun. then the armed fugitive took a teacher hospital at a nearby preschool. >> he held tiffany with two other babies in the infant room with a gun on her, actually on her head. >> the fugitive took off with the teacher's car keys. s.w.a.t. officers evacuated hoses in that area, they rearifted haynesworth at another home. nobody hurt. the injured deputy was treated and released from the hospital. scary moments aboard a flight to the bay area today. a jet had to make an emergency landing in iowa after somebody smelled an electrical problem. the plane took off from d.c. on the way to sfo. all 233 people on board are okay. no word on what the problem might have been but another
plane should have them on their way to san francisco later this afternoon. moments ago the pentagon issued a long-awaited report on don't ask/don't tell. it's already reigniting debate over that 17-year-old policy. the study finds that most troops don't care whether they serve with openly gay men and women and just 30% of troops predict negative consequences from ending that policy. and this afternoon, the white house says president obama backs the findings and supports overturning the policy through a legislative process. defense secretary robert gates said repeeling don't ask/don't tell would not have traumatic consequences many had feared. the debate will pick up later this week with hearings scheduled in the senate thursday and friday. democrats in the lame duck congress are pushing to reverse the policy before the end of the year. and republican and democratic leaders met with president obama at the white house today. the first joint summit since the gop's big win on election day. joel brown on what topped the
agenda. >> reporter: republicans arrived at the white house focused on their biggest goal. >> the best thing to do is to make sure that no one gets a tax hike while we're trying to see more jobs created in the private sector. >> reporter: is savior of bush era tax cuts was at the top of the agenda in the first meeting since the gop and democrats since election day. come january republicans will control the house and have a bigger presence in the senate. >> the american people did not vote for gridlock, they did not vote for unyielding partisanship, they are demanding cooperation and demanding progress. >> reporter: before the meeting republicans and democrats both said they wanted to work together. but neither side indicated it would be willing to compromise on its own goals. the biggest issue on the table is taxes and the divisions are deep. >> there was broad agreement that we need to work to get that resolved before the end of the year. now there is still differences
about how to get there. >> reporter: republicans want to extend the bush era tax cut for everyone but democrats want to let them expire for families that makeover $250,000. democrats might be willing to make a short-term deal but republicans want the extensions to be long-term. >> i think republicans made the point that stopping all the looming tax hikes and cutting spending would, in fact, create jobs and get the economy moving again. >> reporter: klesla have to move quickly. if it does nothing, everyone's taxes go up at the end of next month. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. our next good afternoon is skipping a trip to the white house. jerry brown and other governor's elect were invited to meet with the president this thursday. in instead, jerry brown said he will stay in california and work on the state's massive budget deficit. checking some headlines around the bay area, palo alto police have released a sketch of the suspect they believe tried to attack a woman thanksgiving day. police said the woman was
walking on alma street street when a man pushed her to the ground and tried to take off her clothes. she ran to where her mother was waiting. the dream act is a federal bill that would give children of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. congress could vote on it next week. belmont school needs your help catching the people who stole more than $50,000 worth of equipment from carlmont high over the weekend. that includes 25 apple computers and 30 ipods, police are checking the video from the school surveillance cameras for clues. coming up, the truth about vitamin d in calcium. do you really need supplements? why an extra does may do more harm than good. plus, powerful new evidence of a direct link to a drop in breast cancer. what women did that reduced their risk.
and a glitch with thousands of priuses. the problem that can cause that car to just turn off. >> is it just me or is it still cold outside? here is a look at your afternoon highs. here is is a note, they are not that high. and rainfall moving back into the bay area. a complete forecast in just a few minutes, ,, to them to say "you violated the ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
safer following several deadly e- coli and salmonella the senate has passed new legislation that should make food safer. this follows several deadly e. coli and salmonella outbreaks this year. the $1.4 billion allocated would pay for more inspections of food processing facilities, the government could also force companies to recall tainted food and would place stricter standards on imported foods. for the first time a direct link to a drop in breast
cancer. plus, before you pop any vitamin d or calcium supplements a panel of experts warn you could be over doing it. dr. kim mulvihill joins us with those findings. kim is. a new study shows most americans get calcium and vitamin d in their diet. taking supplements could do more harm than good. this study was done to update how many calcium and slide violent a min d we need and how much is too much. they reviewed all the data and found most americans get enough of this in the foods they already eat. that's roughly 600 international units of d and 1000 if you're an older woman to 1200 milligrams of calcium a day. too much calcium may lead to kidney stones and too much vitamin d. that could increase the risk of kidney stones or cancers. they found a direct living
between hormone therapy and breast cancer. women who stopped taking hormones were less likely to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer as well as december you will cars noma. the questions remain. do hormones feed breast cancers that are already there, in a sense speeding up the diagnosis of breast cancer, and scientists have found the fountain of youth. for mice. how? by tweaking their genes. they started with old paisan the par with 80-year-old humans. after the experiments these row dents became as robust and randy as 20 something. for the first time some age- related problems in mice have actually been reversed. now the treated mice showed surprising signs of rejuvenation. the spleen, test tease and brain grew in size, it restored their sense of smell, reversed brain cities and made them, well, as fertile as rabbits. >> and because mice aren't fertile enough. as fertile as rabbits. >> old mice aren't fertile
enough. >> okay. >> so this begs the question, humans? well don't hold your breath, we're not there yet. >> got a question about the vitamin d. i told you, take d- 3, d-3, that's not the same as vitamin d. >> if you have been followed by your doctor and told you need to take this because your levels are low that's different, you can phone and check. but most people are adding superintendentments and don't need to. but we'll have more on this topic at 5:00. >> at 5:00? okay. see you then. a couple of words could save you a lot of money this holiday season, how about "free shipping." magic day to cash in but only if you shop online. and plenty of snowfall in the sierra because we've got some pretty decent storms that rolled through. more snow on the way. i'll let you know when coming up.
pinpoint weather sponsored by mancini sleepworld. some trouble today for google. the european union has launched antitrust investigation. the eu is going to look into whether the internet search giant abused its dominant market position by allegedly lowering the ranking of unpaid search results of its competitors. microsoft ended a decade-long bat many with the eu earlier this year.
that cost the company more than $2 billion. another problem for the prius and its owners. toyota says it's going to fix about 650,000 cars worldwide. apparently there is a glitch with the cooling system that can cause the cars to overheat and then lose power. so far, no reports of any accidents, and the cars right now not being recalled but toyota is gonna fix them at no cost to you. if you own one. >> like that. >> time to ski dad will for the mountains if that's your gig glow if that's your gig. more snowfall coming in. late thursday, friday, saturday, sunday. >> good weekend. >> you can get up there. >> making plans. >> here is a look al. this is ocean beach, we have had a fair amount of clouds along the coastline all day long, that will continue to be the trend throughout the day today. also tomorrow, wednesday, and also thursday. san jose sunshine, a whole lot of sunshine, but high clouds. and now we'll take a look at
the bay bridge closer to san francisco area. here we are and that looks pretty good too. a few more clouds shown in this particular shot. and that's what we're expecting during the day. a mix of sun and cloud. currently is 48 degrees in san francisco, 47 at pacifica. i told you it was cold outside. okay, not technically cold but it feels cold. 47 redwood city, 49 in san jose, 53 in oakland, 53 degrees in fremont, 53 in concord and livermore, upper 40s in santa rosand an all-so in napa. these temperatures still, again, considered below average for this time of the year and here is something else we're considering. we have a frontal system on the way, those are the clouds associated with it passing through the bay area for now. eventually that frontal system is going to come along and that's what's going to be pushing through the bay area and tal give us a decent chance of picking up some rainfall a little bit earl later on in the week. mid-50s around the bay with more clouds again as opposed to
yesterday. and filtered sunshine along the coastline with the lower to the made 50s, here is a look at some of today's highs and particular cities we'll pinpoint, napa at a 4, san rafael 53 is a high, 54 in san francisco, 56 in oakland and fremont, 58 in san jose, mid- 50s, the double nickel, in concord and also in livermore. five-day forecast, so more clouds streaming in during the day tomorrow. thursday, a few more clouds streaming in. friday, we'll have a chance of showers, saturday we've got a chance of showers. sunday, did i mention we're going to have a chance of showers? friday, saturday, sunday, good chance of rainfall in the bay area. also a pretty good chance of snow showers in the sierra and monday a mix of sun and clouds. not so bad. that's a look at your weather. back over to you allen. >> chance of showers, chance of showers. okay. i. >> i'm a broken record. >> i got the trend. cyber monday true to its name. the numbers are in.
online shopping up 19% compared to last year. i'm told there is still a lot of great deals out there. julie walz with the two big buzzwords you need to know on the consumer watch. >> reporter: shipping andling, it's the price we pay for convenience but this holiday season you shouldn't have to pay for it. 4 out of 5 online retailers say they'll offer free shipping at some point between now and christmas. >> the trend for free shipping is way up. >> reporter: he says shoppers don't pay for shipping but gino kneel from the better business bureau warns that may not amount to savings. >> they are encouraging you to spend more money, maybe more than you had intended. >> for instance, many free shipping deals comes with strings attached like requiring you to spent over an amount. so saving on free shipping may not always be cost effective. if you're an avid shopper, items could be a good deal for a $79 annual fee they'll ship for free all year long.
last-minute shoppers listen up. holding off on holiday shopping until december 17th do actually save you some cash. about 1,000 companies including macy's, sears, victoria secret will ship for free that friday. >> the shoppers love it because it's kind of a last chance for them. you know. order it now or you will have to go to the mall to get it. >> reporter: while free shipping is convenient the better business bureau warns it's also waiting for a new holiday scam. bogus emails that appear to be from fedex and ups that are really a deceptive phishing scheme. >> if you open this they are going to ask you for information and try to steal your identity. >> julie also says no shopping or shipping sites should ever ask you for your social security number. so don't give it to them. a reminder if you have a consumer question or problem that's what the hot line is for. 888-5 helps you, the volunteers right now ready to answer the
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you know, i use this for eduardo najera issue. the parsley is good to add in the beginning of so many dishes because of its flavor. the regular parsley is okay, for garnish. but this has flavor. the bigger the leave the freer it's going to be. see how it's standing straight up like this, like fresh cut flowers? this is a fresh butch. when you bring them home, what i like to do is cut the bottom, put 'em in a glass and put them in the refrigerator. also when you want to cook with it take the glass out and leave it in the glass on the counter and take up the leafs as you need 'em, chop them up or throw them in. italian flat-leaved parsley, the italians know how to make good parsley.
i'm tony tan you the your fresh grocer. they also make great clothes, shoes, great cars, and great food. chow. coming up tonight at 5:00, extra money for the holiday shopping? how you can trade in your old tech toys for some hold hard cash. no license, no problem. how safe is your muni driver. those stories and more at 5:00. no trip to the north pole unfortunately, but there is a chance to be santa's little helper. santa is looking for your help answering all the letters he gets so today volunteers pitched in at the post office in san francisco. >> it's very positive. every year we have people that come in year after year to find the letters that they want to answer and it's very heart- warming actually at this time of the year that we have the community to do that. >> it is. if you missed your chance today, look, two more opportunities to help out through december the 14th. no shortage of letters to santa
ever. >> oh wow. i remember when i did that. >> oh, i did too? it was such a big deal. >> and snail mail still works. >> it does. >> kind of heart-warming. >> and he gets them. >> he has got the list. eh you got your list, your seven-day list. >> i got my seven-day list. >> okay. >> all my days there. today a mix of sun and clouds, more clouds wednesday and thursday and a very good chance of rainfall friday, saturday, and also sunday. >> you better check that twice. >> check it twice? >> yes. >> okay. >> we'll be back at 5:00. >> you'll be back.